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Adam Foulds’s last novel, The Quickening Maze, was a truly superb study in madness and early psychiatric methods, combining the intellectual and the visceral in often startling ways (few will forget his description of the “dismantling” of a deer). In this latest work, he retains that powerful blend and focuses on another kind of madness: the madness of war.

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In the second of a six-part series produced in association with Footprint Travel Guides, <b>Mary-Ann Gallagher</b> celebrates an epic island

Mario Balotelli dropped from Italy squad

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has left Manchester City forward Mario Balotelli and Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi out of the Azzurri squad for their upcoming games against Slovenia and Ukraine.

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New non-stop flights from London will make the sights and flavours of Argentina's colourful capital more accessible. Mick Webb reports

Keep off the grass: Balotelli's career threatened by allergy

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Every week we invite competing companies to give us their best deal for a specific holiday. Today: a one-week holiday in Sicily in early April. Prices are per person, based on two travelling together on 9 April.

Palermo sack Delio Rossi following 7-0 defeat

Palermo sacked coach Delio Rossi today following Sunday's 7-0 home humiliation by Udinese and have drafted in former Livorno boss Serse Cosmi.

Album: John Renbourn, Palermo Snow (Shanachie)

Not really "folk" at all but a programme of music for solo guitar (and occasional clarinet) drawing on three centuries of complex harmony; or at least the harmony which appeals to the gruff old Pentangle picker.

Tottenham interested in Josip Ilicic claims agent

The agent of Josip Ilicic has claimed that Tottenham are among a number of English clubs monitoring the Palermo attacking midfielder.

Violence greets Berlusconi's votes victory

Violent protests erupted in Rome today after Premier Silvio Berlusconi won back-to-back confidence votes in parliament, narrowly surviving one of his toughest political challenges yet.

Javier Pastore likely to leave Palermo

Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini has given his strongest hint yet that Argentinian playmaker Javier Pastore will leave the club next summer.

Genoa sack coach Gasperini

Genoa coach Gian Piero Gasperini became Serie A's first managerial casualty of the season proper on Monday when he was sacked by the big spenders.

Secrets of the Mafia mind revealed by psychiatrists

The mental health crisis facing Italy's real-life Tony Sopranos has been revealed by the crack group of psychiatrists who treat the messed up minds of mobsters and their families.

Tinello, 87 Pimlico Road, London SW1

Tinello isn't a child of the Georgio Locatelli empire, more a friend of the family. The co-owners are brothers, Federico and Massimiliano Sali, who used to be, respectively, head chef and sommelier at Locanda Locatelli – the grand Italian restaurant where Bill Clinton and Madonna used to eat when in London. Locatelli has apparently supported the Sali brothers in their new venture – and there's a warm, knowing-what-we're-doing feel about the place when you walk in.

Inter Milan expect Sneijder to sign new deal

Internazionale president Massimo Moratti is confident that Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder will sign a new contract in the next few days, ending continuing speculation about the player’s future.

Pope's address disappoints anti-Mafia campaigners

To the disappointment of anti-Mob campaigners who had hoped that he would deliver a rousing call for unity against organised crime, Pope Benedict XVI yesterday gave a homily in Sicily that urged people there to be hopeful for a better future but stopped short of using the word Mafia.

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